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September 10, 2008

Palintology: The Spin Doctors

Filed under: Butterfly Wings — Punchinello @ 1:50 pm
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One of the easiest ways to denigrate something is to make up a funny term for it, then to use that term instead of the real words, phrase, or concept. Most of us know how easy it is to annoy someone by repeatedly calling them by a wrong name, maybe similar to their name, but wrong nonetheless. And so now we have “palintology,” a blogosphere term for the study of Gov. Sarah Palin.

The word stems from paleontology, the study of prehistoric life, often associated with dinosaurs. Is that what we’re calling Ms. Palin, a dinosaur? I don’t think so. On the other hand, with the uproar taking place following her being chosen for Vice President on the McCain ticket, a lot of people want to say they’re going to have to study her life under a microscope. Mostly liberals, true, but still it’s a decent application of the pun.

Unfortunately, in this, the Age of Stupidity (properly coined by Dennis Prager), too many people hear a fancy phrase and start using it as a substitute for thought. I’m sure we’ll start to hear anyone in favor of Alaska’s governor being dismissed with a wave of the hand, and the label “palintologist.” We’ve already seen that with modern day argument in all sorts of places.

Anyone who disagrees with the modern day liberals (progressives) is considered to be a right-wing extremist. Verbal questions and disagreement are called “mudslinging.” Anything other than mind-numbed, robotic, total agreement isn’t worthy of actual reasoned argument at all. To make it even easier, very clever people put out terms that instantly pull together whole ideas into a simple, comic way to ignore and deny.

So here we are, with perhaps the first real conservative in a very long time in a position to influence the adminstration. If McCain does step down after one term, we also know that the Vice President has a running start toward the next presidential election. Given the chasm between modern day women and the so-called “women’s movement,” it’s no wonder the intelligentsia, elite squads, and fanatic liberal lunatics are desperate.

As conservatives, we’d all do well to avoid falling into the trap of joke language. It’s better to say that we’re in agreement with Gov. Palin, admire her views and so forth, not to take on the foolish term of palintology.



  1. You might be interested to know that I asked Sarah 2 years ago if I could use the word ‘Palintology’ for my blog about her and she said, “It’s brilliant! Go forth and conquer!”. And from the looks of how it’s been picked up and been so popular, I’d say she’s right. 🙂 Love the write up though.

    Comment by Palintologist — September 10, 2008 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  2. I am interested to know, and it’s all well and good that Ms. Palin accepts the term. But that doesn’t change the fact that when it’s applied (as it will be) to people generally in agreement with the governor’s values, outlook, and ideas it’ll be a fast way to dismiss any further discussion. It’s another case of conservatives shooting themselves in the foot, in my opinion.

    Comment by Punchinello — September 10, 2008 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

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